Everton boss David Moyes has total faith in his goalkeeper Tim Howard.
But he admits the search is already under way to find the American No 1’s successor.
Moyes said: “You are always planning for who is the next Nigel Martyn, who is the next Tim Howard.
“We are always looking to see who that next one would be. You have to do that. We have asked a couple of times about Butland, but not recently.
“We are just looking out. Chris Woods is a big part of Tim because he works for the US national team as well, now. But Chris also does a lot of work looking at the future goalkeepers for us. It is a bit of a specialist job.
“We can all look at goalkeepers and say ‘he comes and catches it’ or ‘he makes good saves, he has good distribution.’
“But to understand the technique in goalkeeping is a bit more specialist really.”